WORCESTER, Mass. - For the second-straight game, the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball team held it’s opponent to less than 10 points in the first quarter and used strong shooting to defeat College of the Holy Cross, 59-49, Wednesday night at the Hart Center.
Senior Colleen Marshall and sophomore Bri Betz-White led the Greyhounds (12-15 overall, 9-7 Patriot League) with 16 points each, while junior Lisa Mirarchi chipped in 11. Senior Jeneh Perry pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, her 10th double-digit rebounding performance of the season.
Holy Cross (12-15, 9-7) took its first and only lead with the first basket of the game, but Loyola went on to score 10-unanswered points and never relinquished the lead.
Marshall opened the second quarter with a layup to give Loyola a seven-point advantage, 16-9, but Holy Cross chipped away at its deficit to knot the score at 18 with 5:07 to play in the frame.
The tied contest forced Loyola to call a timeout and the Greyhounds returned to the court once again in shooting form, as Marshall knocked down her first of three 3-point field goals to put Loyola on top, 21-18, with 4:40 to play before halftime.
Loyola came back from the locker room to score 10 of the first 13 points of the third quarter. The Greyhounds held their first double-digit lead, 36-26, with 6:37 to play in the frame, but Holy Cross used a 12-2 run to tie the score, 38-38, for the final time. Seconds later, Betz-White’s trey with 3:03 to play in the third quarter put Loyola on top for the remainder of the contest.
Loyola outshot Holy Cross from the floor, 40.4 percent, while also holding a shooting advantage from 3-point range, 41.7 percent.
Defensively, Loyola recorded nine steals and two blocks. For the fourth-straight game, the Greyhounds forced their opponents to commit 15-plus turnovers.
Loyola closes out the month of February with a trip to Washington, D.C., to face American University at 4 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader series with Loyola and American, as the men’s teams tipoff at noon from Bender Arena.